Pirates of the Dark Nebula (Hearts in Orbit # 2)

She loves me.

Pirates of the Dark Nebula
S.C. Mitchell
Hearts in Orbit, book two
ebook, 228 pages
Published July 1st 2015 by Soul Mate Publishing
Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited

It can’t fall into the wrong hands.

Luna Callista holds the key to a galaxy-changing new technology. Captured by a ruthless band of deep-space pirates, she’s rescued by a man filled with dark secrets of his own. Who is Rik Mazar?

Galactic protector or rogue pirate?

After three years undercover among the Brotherhood of the Dark Nebula, Rik Mazar isn’t sure what side of the law he’s walking. In a world of murder and betrayal, his life goes on the line every day. But, protecting Luna Callista means putting his heart in as much danger as his hide.
A rusting service droid, a Ferang fortuneteller, and a ship full of back-water refugees are their only allies, as two hearts go into orbit to save a galaxy in peril.

HEARTS IN ORBIT: VOLUME 2 – PIRATES OF THE DARK NEBULA is a science fiction romance set in the far-flung space-traveling future, continuing the series’ course across a galaxy filled with love and adventure.

Another awesome read in the Hearts in Orbit series. Are we awaiting a third?

Luna Callista is just one of the two brilliant minds whom have successfully discovered the means to constructing an asteroid avoidance system, and unfortunately has landed herself in the sights of pirates looking to steal the technology. But with a token of good luck, the ship that looks to take her captive has within its crew an undercover marshal named Rik Mazer. And it's Rick's quick thinking that manages to get Luna to safety amidst the danger of her ship being boarded. Stroke of genius there.


Under the guise of being Rik's new girlfriend, Lard, Luna makes it safely to Rik's home and manages a single night before her cover is blown by her droid, Harvey. With a newly bestowed right to captain the ship, Rik pulls together a crew of refugees with various skills--the most remarkable being a thirteen year old boy that quickly becomes a successful gunner with nothing more than gaming experience--and high tails it with Luna in tow.

From there, it's all about staying one hyper jump away from their pursuers until the chase inevitably ends up in the uncharted Andromeda galaxy. ...In a battle against an evolved insecticide race to top off the ridiculousness of it all.

In comparison to the first book, I felt The Blarmling Dilemma had more going on. Looking back, it doesn't seem like that much happened in this book, except for a lot of back and forth. Not that that in any way took away from the budding romance between the two mature protagonists. I just love the logical mindset and sophistication of Mitchell's characters, and experiencing the same conversation from both points of view is always an extra special bonus for me. Especially for Rik.

Although, between the two of them, I do prefer Rigel.

4 out of 5 stars.

Previously in the series:

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